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House GOP Leader On Tape In 2016 Saying ‘I Think Putin Pays’ Trump
May 18th, 2017 at 1:08pm
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The second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives said in a recorded conversation last summer that he thought then-candidate Donald Trump was being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Spokespeople insist he made the comment in jest.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made the remark in a private conversation with fellow Republican leaders on June 15, according to the report. A month earlier, McCarthy had signed up as a Republican National Convention delegate for Trump.
McCarthy and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) had just come from separate meetings with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who spoke with the two leaders about Russian military aggression in his country and that country’s efforts to undercut democracies across Europe, according to the report. They were joined in the private conversation by GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-NC).
The Post published a full transcript of the publication tape here, but here’s the relevant portion from the original report:


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“I’ll guarantee you that’s what it is…The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp [opposition] research that they had on Trump,” McCarthy said with a laugh.
Ryan asked who the Russians “delivered” the opposition research to.
“There’s… there’s two people, I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy said, drawing some laughter. “Swear to God,” McCarthy added.
“This is an off the record,” Ryan said.
Some lawmakers laughed at that.
“No leaks, alright?,” Ryan said, adding: “This is how we know we’re a real family here.”
“That’s how you know that we’re tight,” Scalise said.
“What’s said in the family stays in the family,” Ryan added.



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First they denied it until they were told it is on tape.  What a lying sack of shits.
  

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Re: House GOP Leader On Tape In 2016 Saying ‘I Think Putin Pays’ Trump
Reply #1 - May 18th, 2017 at 1:12pm
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"I am sure Trump is like me."
"There is no capitalism under Obama’s rule. He is a fu8&^ communist."
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Re: House GOP Leader On Tape In 2016 Saying ‘I Think Putin Pays’ Trump
Reply #3 - May 18th, 2017 at 1:43pm
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Wadsworth wrote on May 18th, 2017 at 1:28pm:
OOPS Roll Eyes


Paints a good picture of their lockstep corruption
  

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billy.pilgrim wrote on May 18th, 2017 at 1:43pm:
Paints a good picture of their lockstep corruption

Yep, all they care about is being able to reduce taxes on the rich.
  

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Re: House GOP Leader On Tape In 2016 Saying ‘I Think Putin Pays’ Trump
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All the laughter indicates to me that they are joking around... that said, why can't McCarthy stop saying stupid things at all the wrong times?
  

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Re: House GOP Leader On Tape In 2016 Saying ‘I Think Putin Pays’ Trump
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Did the payments occurred in the same way as the foreign payments the Clintons got?  Through foundations?  Or through large pay packages at foreign educational organizations?  Or, maybe, like Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta via board membership and stock ownership in companies with Russian government backing?

We will have to wait until the investigation is over to find out, I guess.
  
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Re: House GOP Leader On Tape In 2016 Saying ‘I Think Putin Pays’ Trump
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Josie wrote on May 18th, 2017 at 1:58pm:
http://i.imgur.com/Hz2PEWum.jpg

All the laughter indicates to me that they are joking around... that said, why can't McCarthy stop saying stupid things at all the wrong times?


Yeah, Paul Ryan makes it a habit to swear people to secrecy if they're joking around...
  

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(UI: Unidentified individual)
UI: Kevin had the Ukrainian prime minister this morning.
Ryan: Oh, so did I. I just left him in the health care… [unintelligible].
UI: Okay.
Ryan: This guy’s a good guy.
[Crosstalk]
Ryan: This guy’s a pretty good guy.
Rodgers: Is this the guy who’s been there a while?
Ryan: No, he’s new. He was the speaker of the [unintelligible].
Rodgers: Their other prime minister got kicked out, right?
Ryan: Right. This guy’s like the anti-corruption guy. This guy’s there because he’s the anticorruption
guy. He was the speaker…
Rodgers: Okay.
Ryan: And he’s the one who was working on the amendments to the constitution
[unintelligible]…independent judiciary.
Rodgers: Okay.
Ryan: They got that in now…[unintelligible]…and he’s passing…and he’s passing all these
anticorruption laws.
Rodgers: How are things going in Ukraine?
Ryan: What’s that?
Rodgers: How are things going in Ukraine?
Ryan: Well, the Russians are bombing them 30-40…um, um…shells a day and the people.
Crimea is gone. And, they’re trying to clean up their government to show that they want to be
western. So they’re trying to prove to the western world that they want to be western, or
westernizing, so they can get support to get their country back. They’re [unintelligible].
Everybody talks a good game on what they’re doing, but he’s passed all these anti-corruption
laws. The question is are they, like, executing…[unintelligible]…I think by the summer they’ll
have it all done.
Rodgers: Did he talk about their economy?
Ryan: Yeah, this is about getting actual growth and not graft growth, so...no, it’s not good, but…
Rodgers: I went there a year ago. It was like wow. These people are living…they’re on the front
lines. They’re fighting for their freedom…it’s, uh…their independence.
Ryan: He basically…He has this really interesting riff about… people have said that they have
Ukraine fatigue, and it’s really Russian fatigue because what Russia is doing is doing to us,
financing our populists, financing people in our governments to undo our governments, you
know, messing with our oil and gas energy, all the things Russia does to basically blow up our
country, they’re just going to roll right through us and go to the Baltics and everyone else.
Rodgers: Yes!
Ryan: So we should not have Ukraine fatigue, we should have Russian fatigue.
Rodgers: Yes! The propaganda…my big takeaway from that trip was just how sophisticated the
propaganda…
Ryan: It’s very sophisticated.
Rodgers:…coming out of Russia and Putin.
Ryan: Very sophisticated.
[Crosstalk]
Rodgers: Not just in Ukraine. They were once funding the NGOs in Europe. They attacked
fracking.
Ryan: Correct.
Rodgers: Russia TV. I was not…you know…I hadn’t tuned into Russia TV until that trip. It’s,
it’s frightening.
Ryan: So he’s saying they’re doing this throughout Europe. So, uh…
[Unintelligible]
Ryan: This is, this isn’t just about Ukraine.
Rodgers: So, yeah, it is a, um…[unintelligible]…a way...it’s really a messaging…you
know…they are…it’s a propaganda war.
Ryan: Russia is trying to turn Ukraine against itself.
Rodgers: Yes. And that’s…it’s sophisticated and it’s, uh…
Ryan: Maniacal.
Rodgers: Yes.
Ryan: And guess…guess who’s the only one taking a strong stand up against it? We are.
Rodgers: We’re not…we’re not…but, we’re not…
McCarthy: [unintelligible]…I’ll GUARANTEE you that’s what it is.
[Unintelligible]
McCarthy: The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp research that they had on Trump.
McCarthy: laughs
[Crosstalk]
Ryan: The Russian’s hacked the DNC…
McHenry: …to get oppo…
Ryan: …on Trump and like delivered it to…to who?
[Unintelligible]
McCarthy: There’s…there’s two people, I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and
Trump…[laughter]…swear to God.
Ryan: This is an off the record…[laughter]…NO LEAKS…[laughter]…alright?!
[Laughter]

Ryan: This is how we know we’re a real family here.
Scalise: That’s how you know that we’re tight.
[Laughter]
Ryan: What’s said in the family stays in the family.
  
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Re: House GOP Leader On Tape In 2016 Saying ‘I Think Putin Pays’ Trump
Reply #9 - May 18th, 2017 at 3:08pm
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Spokespeople for Ryan and McCarthy told the Post, respectively: “That never happened,” and “The idea that McCarthy would assert this is absurd and false.” Both said the exchange could be called an attempt at humor.

On Twitter, the Ryan spokesman, Brendan Buck, claimed that “I was not originally given quotes – just a crazy assertion that leaders believed Putin was paying Trump and trying to shield it.” Post editor Scott Wilson responded: “This is not true.”

Asked by NBC about the comment, McCarthy said that “it was a bad attempt of a joke. There’s a reason why I’m not a comedian.”


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